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29 April 2012 / Common / Manchester
:: The Former Bullies :: Brown Brogues :: Sex Hands ::
Sunday afternoon and Common is rammed full, there's
a washing line full of T-shirts, amps stuffed
between randomly placed sofas... and what's that on
BRING THE NOISE
29 April 2012 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Russian Circles :: Deafheaven :: Our Man In The Bronze Age ::
Four drummers, three bands, one great night from Fat
Out Til You Pass Out who appear to have hit a
particularly rich seam of such this year.
THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
26 April 2012 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Salford Media City :: The Yossarians :: ILL ::
Frenzied folk, fevered rantings about Prince Philip
and a band dressed in bandages: welcome back Stroke
Club and indeed Gullivers, we have missed you...
TIME OUT FROM THE BLACKOUT
19 April 2012 / Alter Ego / Manchester
:: Gavin Butler :: Neil Starr ::
They're better known as the frontmen of the
decidedly un-acoustic The Blackout and Attack!
Attack! but tonight sees Butler and Starr in
stripped down mode.
21 April 2012 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Glass Ankle :: Vei :: Kiran Leonard :: Teletextile ::
In part two of his Record Store Day afternoon
adventures, Ged goes to check out Carefully Planned
at the Castle. We are actually not sure how he did
this as we're pretty certain these gigs were on at
the same time...
21 April 2012 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
:: Young British Artists :: Die Hexen :: Shinies ::
Soup Kitchen celebrates Record Store Day by
providing food upstairs and live music downstairs
for those wearied from hours of queueing (and those
who didn't bother).
KEVIN'S TECHNICOLOUR DREAMS
22 April 2012 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: Of Montreal :: Patterns :: Kishi Bashi ::
If there is an age beyond which no man should wear
turquoise eyeshadow then nobody told Kevin Barnes.
Of Montreal's show is as flamboyant as you'd expect,
but there could be an even greater talent lurking in
TRUE LIFE STORIES
20 April 2012 / The Art Of Tea, Didsbury / Manchester
:: Songs For Walter :: T G Elias :: Douga ::
A bunch of photographs show real life as it was
depicted in a twentieth century that already seems
like another world; this is their soundtrack.
18 April 2012 / Kraak / Manchester
:: Odonis Odonis :: Kult Country ::
"Am I too loud, what's happening?" drawls the skinny
one in the "HELL" t-shirt in the manner of a man who
just woke up and realised he was halfway through a
gig. Loud? Yep. Too loud? What do you think?
17 April 2012 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Barn Owl :: A-Sun Amissa :: Tombed Visions ::
"The floor is vibrating. I'm pretty certain the
floor is concrete in here so I'm not even sure how
they're doing this..." For the second time in a week
Salford plays host to some of the world's finest
ambient and experimental music.
UNDERGROUND OVERGROUND SUN-SHINING FREE
14 April 2012 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: The Sunshine Underground :: Troumaca ::
TSU specialise in crafting powerful waves of indie-
rock thatís been unjustly overlooked over the past
couple of years - here they return with a flag
12 April 2012 / Sacred Trinity Church / Salford
:: The Rustle Of The Stars (Richard Knox and Frederic D Oberland) :: Jasper TX :: Matthew Collings ::
An imagined musical passage through the North Pole
explorer diaries: it's good to know people are still
finding new ways to combine music and imagination.
TIME WAITS FOR NO-ONE
12 April 2012 / Dulcimer (Chorlton) / Manchester
:: Vieka ::
This dark and brooding atmosphere is a tasteful play
on their livelier sets
TOY COME OUT TO PLAY
10 April 2012 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
:: TOY :: Golden Glow ::
Even if they are effectively off-the-peg shoegaze-
gone-krautrock tunes, they're good ones.